Albert John BEGANY

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13 Feb 1913 - 5 Jul 1979

Family 1 : Elizabeth JORDAN
  1.  Allen John BEGANY
  2.  Virginia Ann BEGANY
  3.  Mary Katherine BEGANY

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Elizabeth BREWSTER

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23 Jun 1676 - ____

Father: Benjamin(1) BREWSTER
Mother: Ann ADDIS (DARTE)


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Jeffrey (Geoffrey) (1) CHAMPLIN

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1621 - BET 1688 AND 1695

Family 1 : Eulalia GARDE
  1. +Jeffrey (2) CHAMPLIN
  2.  William (1) CHAMPLIN
  3. +Christopher (1) CHAMPLIN
Family 2 : Ulalia GARDE
  1.  Jeffrey CHAMPLIN
  2.  William CHAMPLIN

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[414] Where did I get a lot of my Champlin information? Bill Hunter. Billis the foremost expert on Champlins that ever lived. He has all theprimary records of all the Champlins in most places and certainly inRhode Island and Connecticut. He has seen all the birth, death andmarriage records there are, first hand, in the various town halls. I'dsooner believe him than God (about Champlin genealogy that is). Aclose second is Bob Champlin who for the past 25 years has lived andbreathed Champlin and is famous for his Champlin essays. These aretwo genealogists who are well respected in the field.
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On Jeffrey or (Geoffrey), he & his spouse had 3 children Jeffrey,William & Christopher. They were the beginning of the Champlin clanin the New World from England. No connection is traceable between theFrench Champlain. Champlin occured in several counties in England.Jeffrey first appeared on the Island of Aquidneck, now Rhode Island,in 1638. He was first at Pocasset (Portsmouth), in 1640 renamed, onthe north end of the island and removed thene with a portion of thesettlers to Newport in the following year. It was founded y AnneHutchinson and her small group of religious liberitarians.

Admitted as an inhabitant, 24th, 11 month, 1638 and a freeman on 9,Sept 1640, the name appears in the Roll of Freemen in 1641 and 1655:granted with Richard Searle, 40 acres of land, in 1640, boughtSearle's share and another share of William Cowley in 1641. Therewere other real estate transactions and his name appears in list ofFree inhabitants of Westerly in 1669 and returned to Newport in1675-76 during King Philip's war mentioned in confirmation of a deedby Jeffrey Champlin his son, in 1695 as "my deceased father."

Married in Newport before 1650, name of wife not preserved. Allthree of his children left descendents. Resided, Portsmouth, Newport,then Westerly.

Called Captain in 1690 when he was the Commandant of the British Armyin Kingstown.
In his will William and Christopher have full power to dispose of hishouse and land

Jeffrey Champlin, is believed to have been born at, or near, Bideford(Devonshire) England circa 1621. While this date is unsubstantiated itis likely to be a fairly accurate approximation as Jeffrey's childrenwere born in the 1650's and he died at Westerly, Rhode Island sometimebetween 1688 and 1695.

He is believed to have been buried with his son William in the familycemetery located on William's farm. This burial ground is known todayas the Westerly Historical Cemetery #03 and/or the Wilcox Lot. Thelong abandoned cemetery is located in the midst of a tangled stand ofbull briars along the south side of Shore Road between Westerly andDunn's Corners. On May 5, 1995 I located this burial ground. Therewere many small unmarked stones scattered throughout the all butimpenetrable bull briars, which made it impossible to get near most ofthem at that time of year. William's stone, which was made of shale,was found and a faint inscription was still readable. Other stonesbore even fainter inscriptions and were usually surrounded by severalother stones that appeared to be nothing more than odd shaped rocksjutting out of the ground.

During the American Revolution, many of the early vital records ofRhode Island were destroyed by fire. Other records were removed by theBritish and sent to New York for safe keeping. The ship that was usedto transport these records sank in New York harbor before its cargocould be unloaded. Eventually, some of these vital records wererecovered but most were no longer readable.

The last known recorded mention of Jeffrey during his lifetime wasmade in 1688. In 1695, his eldest son (Jeffrey) refers to his fatherin a document confirming a deed by saying: "Know all men by thesepresents that I, Jeffrey Champlin of Kingstown do own and acknowledgethat my brother William Champlin and Brother Christopher Champlin havefull power to dispose of that house and hundred akers of land whichwas my dissesed father's - - which Lyes in westerle foracknowledgement hereunto I have set my hand in the yeare 1695,December ye 6th".

It is not known how Jeffrey came to the New World (or when), but thereare reports that he was in Boston as early as 1627. The first whitesettlement on Aquidneck was established in March of 1638 on the northend of that island. The settlement was called "Pocasset" until 1640when it was renamed "Portsmouth" - the name it retains to this day.

Pocasset was founded by Anne Hutchinson and her small group ofreligious libertarians. They had met in the Boston home of prominentmerchant William Coddington on March 7, 1638. The members of thissmall group was greatly at odds with and frequently harassed byMassachusetts' ruling Puritans. Hutchinson's group called themselvesthe "Bodie Politick" and drew up a compact in much the same way as didthe Mayflower passengers. Their sworn agreement read as follows:

We, whose names are underwritten, do here solomly, in the presence ofJehovah, incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick, and as He shallhelp, will submit ourselves, lives and estates unto our Lord JesusChrist, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and to all those perfectand most absolute laws of His given to us in His Holy Word of truth,to be guided and judged thereby."

This compact was signed by Anne & William Hutchinson, WilliamCoddington, Henry Bull, John Clarke, John Coggeshall, WilliamAspinwall, William Dyer, Nicholas Easton, (an illegible name), WilliamBaulstone, John Sanford, Philip Sherman, John Walker, Samuel Wilbour,Richard Carder and William Freeborn. Coddington purchased the islandof Aquidneck from the Indians and the group founded Pocasset in Aprilof 1638. The following, taken from the records of that colony, showthat Jeffrey was likely there from the very beginning: "On the 28th ofthe 2nd month 1639 Upon the complainte of Jeffrey Champlin in thebehalfe of a debt due to William Cowly and himselfe from Mr.Aspinwall, warrent was granted forth, for the attachment of hisshallopp till both that debt and other actions of the case besatisfied and discharged by him". (Note: under the Julian Calendar inuse at the time, the 2nd month was April and 1639 would have been 1638today).

A power struggle between Coddington and Hutchinson, based on religiousinterpretations and applications to daily life, developed soon afterthe settlement began. Shortly afterward, Coddington and his supporters(John Clarke, Nicholas Easton, John Coggeshall, William Brenton,Jeremy Clarke, Thomas Hazard, Jeffrey Champlin, Henry Bull, WilliamDyer and Robert Jeffries) left Pocasset and migrated to the southernend of Aquidneck Island, establishing a new colony which became knownas Newport. Jeffrey was registered as an inhabitant of Newport onNovember 24, 1638, was made a Freeman there on September 14, 1640 andgranted 10 acres of land. That same year, the Pocasset and Newportsettlements united upon the libertarian rules of Pocasset and WilliamCoddington was made the Colony's first governor.

At Newport, Jeffrey engaged in the buying and selling of property andwas thought to have become a cordwainer. Cordwainers were leatherworkers who made use of cordovan (a soft, colored leather usually madeof sheep, goat or dog skin, or split horse hide) to design and makecustom made shoes. This was considered to be a pre-eminent professionin those days.

In the "Colonial and Land Records" the following account of Jeffrey'sacquisition of land is given: "Whereas, according to certain orders,made for the Establishing and giving Assurance of the Land, Be itknown, Therefore that Geoffrey Champlin and Richard Sarle, havingexhibited their acquaintances, under the Treasurer's hand, of Newport,wherein appears fully satisfaction to be given, for the number oftwenty Acres of Land, Lying within the precincts of such bounds as theCommittee, by Order appointed, did bound it withal, together with tenacres apiece given and granted to them gratis, by the Towne, for andin consideration of Service done by them, which number, together withthe former, amounting to Forty acres, is thus laid forth. Four acresapiece for homelots, lying in the Towne, and six acres apiece, lyingnext to William Cowly's land and adjoined upon Thomas Hazard's land, ahighway passing there-through, with half a Cow's hay in harbour Marshlying at the first Entrance, and three acres of Marsh, lying atSachnet, next the falls, Mr. Smith's Marsh, lying on the South Eastside thereof, with, another parcel of Sixteen acres, more less,lying....." (remainder of entry missing - possibly burned).

Soon after the granting of this land in 1640, Jeffrey bought out theportions belonging to Richard Searle and William Cowley and sold bothto Henry Bull: "Memorandum that Geoffrey Champlin of Newport, havingbought and purchased of Wm Cowley and Richard Sarle their pts andptions of land in that feeld that lay between ye Land granted toThomas Hazard and Edward Robinson at ye South end of ye Towne, and yesd Geoffrey had made over and soald unto Henry Bull of ye saide Towne,for a valowable consideration given and received, whereon ye sdGeoffrey doth disclaime all interest in ye sd Land and dothacknowledge full propriety to belong to Henry Bull, his heires,executors, administrators and assignes to ye world's end". Thistransfer took place late in 1644.

Jeffrey purchased twenty acres located on the east side of RobertGriffin's property from Adam Mott, Sr. in 1646. He sold ten acres"adjoining his house lot" (Newport) to William Brenton of Boston in1657.

He was a witness to the sale of some property by Roger Williams toRichard Smith:
Newport the 3d of ye 7th month Soe called 1651
This writeing testifieth that I, Rog'r Williams of Providence, for andin Consideration of fifty pounds already received have Sould andDemised unto mr. Rich'd Smith of portsmouth on Road Island, his heires& assignes for ever, my tradeing house at Narragansett, together withtwo Iron Guns or murderers, there Lyeing as alsoe my fields & fenceingaboute the s'd House, is alsoe the use of the litle Lisland for goateswhich the old Sachem, deceased, Lent mee for that use, forconfirmation of all which I Sett my hand & Seale ye daye and yeareaforesaid.

Roger Williams & a seale. In the presence of Thomas Newton,
Jeffere Champlain John Roome William Holmes

While in Newport, Jeffrey married. Again, the destruction of vitalrecords has prevented us from knowing the date of this union or thecertain identity of his wife - although it is believed that her namewas Ulalia (or Eulalia) daughter of John Garde and Rebecca Copp. Shewas baptised on February 5, 1632 at Bideford, England and diedsometime around 1656 or 1657 as references to her dowry cease as ofthis time in Jeffrey's various legal documents. It is believed by some(notably, Champlin genealogist William J. Hunter of Ottawa, Ontario)that Jeffrey may even have been married twice. According to Hunter,Jeffrey would have had to have served as an apprentice shoemaker inEngland before coming to the New World as there were no shoemakersamong the early Rhode Island settlers for him to apprentice under. Heprobably married his first wife in England as there is no mention ofhis marrying in Rhode Island, and the laws being what they were, hewould not have been granted as large an amount of land in Newport in1640 as he did if he wasn't already married. His home lot occupied theblock along the south side of Mary Street, from Spring Street west toWater Street and south to the waterfront.

Whoever she was, Jeffrey's first wife must have died prior to 1650 asshe would have been rather old (for that era) and married too long tosuddenly start bearing children in the 1650's. Thus, Jeffrey probablymarried for a second time around 1649-1650 with his second wife(presumably Ulalie) being the mother of his three sons. Both wives mayhave been members of the Garde family. This certainly was true ofJeffrey's brother, William Champlin. William, who never came to theNew World, married sisters Rebecca (in 1641) and Mary Garde -daughters of Roger Garde of Bideford. John Garde (son of Roger)migrated from Bideford to Fayal (Azores) and then to Rhode Island by1638. He and Jeffrey owned land in the Pocasset area and when JohnGarde (1604-1665) and his wife "Harte" (born 1605) died, they wereburied on Jeffrey's farm at Newport. Many years later, their bodieswere removed and interred in the Newport City Cemetery by Jeffrey'syoungest son, Christopher. John and Harte (-?-) Garde had a daughter,Charlotte, born in 1626. She may have been the second wife of JeffreyChamplin. It should be pointed out that the name "Eulalia" is ofPortuguese origin.
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In 1661, Jeffrey migrated to the region of Misquamicut along thePawcatuck River (in the western part of what is modern day RhodeIsland) with another group of dissatisfied settlers comprising 24other families. There, they founded the town of Westerly - Jeffreysigning a document which purchased Misquamicut from Chief Socoa in1661. About 75 people signed this document but only a few actuallyremoved to what was to become Westerly. He took the oath of allegianceto Rhode island on May 17, 1671 and three days later he was fined 20shillings for refusing jury duty. Jeffrey was elected to the WesterlyTown Council in 1680 and was Moderator of the Westerly Town Meetingsfrom 1680-1684. He was Deputy in the Rhode Island Assembly from1681-1686. In 1685, Jeffrey was assigned to survey highways".

By 1669, Jeffrey had sold all of his properties in Newport - the lastseeming to be a 40 acre tract (which included his home lot anddwelling) that was purchased by Walter Clarke. In the deed oftransfer, Jeffrey was called a shoemaker.

In 1675-76, during King Phillip's War, Jeffrey sought refuge inNewport, returning to Westerly after the defeat of the Pequots in1677. Note: While commonly referred to as "Rhode Island" theactual name of the smallest of the 50 states is: RHODE ISLAND AND THEPROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. It is comprised, for the most part, of aninverted horseshoe shaped mainland in the middle of which lies a largeisland known as Rhode Island. Aquidneck was the original name forRHODE ISLAND (the island); and the PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS referred tothose mainland colonies or "plantations" which were founded by RogerWilliams (Providence), Samuel Gorton (Shawumet) and William Arnold(Pawtucket).

Many people contend that Jeffrey Champlin was a descendent of theFrench explorer Samuel de Champlain. The only relationship between thetwo is the similarity in the spellings of their respective surnames.Samuel de Champlain's original surname was Complain - not Champlain.He was the son of Anthonie de Complain and Marguerite LeRoy. To makematters worse for those who claim him as an ancestor, Samuel had nochildren! In 1610, Samuel married Helene Boulle who was 31 years hisjunior. Born at Paris, France in 1598 Helene was only 12 years oldwhen she and Samuel married. Marriages to 12 year old girls were legalat that time, but actual co-habitation was not permitted for anothertwo years. Samuel and Helene probably never consummated their marriageas he sailed for Quebec shortly after the marriage and founded thesettlement of Place Royal (Montreal) in 1611. In 1620, Helene alsosailed for Quebec and resided with her brother at Tadousac (located onthe north west bank of the meeting place of the St. Lawrence andSaguenay Rivers) for four years. She then returned to France, became anun and eventually founded an order of nuns.

[416] This cemetery is long abandoned and is located in the midst of atangled stand of bull briars along the south side of Shore Rd. betweenWesterly and Dunn's corners. Many small stones are scattered aroundand the briars make it impossible to get near many of them. The onlyreadable stone is Williams other have faint inscriptions

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Sarah COLLIER

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Family 1 : Love BREWSTER

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Mary GEORGE

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7 Sep 1645 - ____

Family 1 : Edward1 BALL
  1. +Peter BALL

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Mike MCDONALD

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20 Apr 1953 - ____

Family 1 : Karen Ann GREENE
  1.  Michael Steven MCDONALD

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Sarah MOORE

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1673 - ____

Family 1 : Benjamin WINCHELL
  1. +Mabel WINCHELL

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Lea Diane SARAC

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31 Jul 1923 - ____

Family 1 : Wilbur Jerome SORENSEN
  1. +Thomas Arthur SORENSEN
  2.  Robert Michael SORENSEN

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Alexander STEWART

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21 Nov 1875 - 7 Nov 1961

Family 1 : May HADDEN
  1. +Jean Frater STEWART

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